EMERALD ISLE, NC — Town Manager Matt Zapp announced this week that the Town of Emerald Isle will welcome Anna Smith as the Public Information and Media Director. The new role will be responsible for Town communication and community outreach.
“We are extremely fortunate that such a wonderful pool of candidates applied for the new role,” said Matt Zapp, Town Manager. “Anna Smith brings a balance of technical training, professional experience, and a heartfelt desire to share the story of Emerald Isle with our global community.”
The Public Information and Media Director position was approved last year by the Board of Commissioners for Fiscal Year 2020-21, and Mrs. Smith begins her new role on Monday, January 11. Her salary will start at $46,615.
Mrs. Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts in Print Journalism, with a minor in Spanish, from The Pennsylvania State University. Following her graduation, she moved to the area and spent more than five years as a Municipal Government Reporter and Social Media Editor for the Carteret County News-Times, where she covered all issues related to the Town of Emerald Isle and neighboring municipalities. Since July 2017, Mrs. Smith has worked at the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce, first as the Director of Administrative Services, and most recently as the Program Manager.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the great team at Emerald Isle,” said Mrs. Smith. “For several years I have hoped the Town would create this position, as it would allow me to have a local government communications role that I have missed since my days as a reporter. I look forward to improving the communication foundation the Town has honed over time, and working alongside a terrific staff.”
In her spare time, Mrs. Smith enjoys baking, reading and exploring the state with her husband. She is a sitting member on the Carteret County Library Board of Trustees, and has been a part of the hospitality team at One Harbor Church in Morehead City for several years.